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Native American perspectives on "Indian" identities

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Living Repercussions of the Native-American Genocide Holocaust: America's Four Hundred Year War. The extermination of America's First People began in 1492 with the discovery of the Americas and escalated to unconditional warfare ending in 1890. In 1492 Columbus wrote of the American Natives, “They are the best people in the world and above all the gentlest, but they are an inferior race and could easily be commanded and made to work, to sow and do whatever might be needed, to build towns and taught to adopt our ways.”